Digital Culture (Certificate)

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The digital culture certificate program in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts focuses on the creative exploration of how new media is influencing culture, or rather the way people live, learn, create and communicate.

Pursuing the digital culture certificate allows students to enhance their program of study with integrated, transdisciplinary training in creative processes and technical skills in new media with cultural applications.

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Digital Culture (Certificate)

Application requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements:

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Program requirements

The digital culture certificate requires 18 credit hours (12 upper-division).
A minimum grade of a "C" (2.00) and an overall GPA of 3.00 is required in all classes in the certificate program. Courses in the certificate program may not be used as part of a major. All upper-division certificate coursework must be taken at ASU.
Required Courses -- 6 credit hours
Digital Culture Studies -- 6 credit hours
Digital Media - Media Arts and Design -- 6 credit hours
Depending on a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this certificate.
Generous substitution rules allow for course flexibility. Students receiving the digital culture certificate can petition to substitute up to six credit hours. Three credit hours can come from any course related to digital culture through courses offered by any ASU unit on any ASU campus, including the interdisciplinary arts and performance program on the West campus and the film and media studies program on the Tempe campus. Courses may include any on the list of related subjects and substitutions (shown above) or courses with comparable content. The other three substitution hours can be achieved through the following path: The three-hour media arts and design course requirement may be substituted with a three-hour course in the digital culture-related category.
Students who earn a digital culture certificate cannot earn a minor in digital culture.

Enrollment requirements

Degree-seeking undergraduates or nondegree-seeking graduate students may add the digital culture certificate. To add the certificate, students must meet with the digital culture academic success coordinator to develop a pathway that best meets the proficiencies for the work they are interested in pursuing. Students then meet with the academic advisor for their major to add the certificate.

A student pursuing an undergraduate certificate must be enrolled as a degree-seeking student at ASU. Undergraduate certificates are not awarded prior to the award of an undergraduate degree. A student already holding an undergraduate degree may pursue an undergraduate certificate as a nondegree-seeking graduate student.